Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART)
ABQ RIDE: Central Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (ART) Concept
In conjunction with plans for the revitalization of historic Route 66 and Innovation Central efforts, the City of Albuquerque is looking at providing Albuquerque Rapid Transit service along Central Avenue to enhance transit service along this important east-west corridor.
ABQ RIDE reached a milestone in the process on Feb. 9, 2016, by receiving funding recommendation of its Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Small Starts Capital Grant application to construct ART from Coors Boulevard to Louisiana Boulevard along the Central Corridor. When approved through the congressional budget process, the grant, along with money set aside by the City, gives the project over $100 million for construction and beautification, with anticipated completion in the fall of 2017.
That is, ABQ Ride is now studying the physical and environmental factors and impacts of instituting the Albuquerque Rapid Transit system and continuing with the Federal Transportation Administration Small Starts application process, with the goal of starting service in the fall of 2017.
Other efforts underway that are dedicated to improving transportation in the metro area include the City and other local partners like Rio Metro, the Mid-Region Council of Governments and local stake holders identifying a potential second Bus Rapid Transit route that could link the Central Avenue area with a University Boulevard corridor Albuquerque Rapid Transit.
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Plans for the future of bus service on Central Avenue, the city's busiest bus corridor.